Visiting restrictions in place at Morris Hospital

Kristen Gonzales
December 30, 2017

However, they encourage anyone with flu symptoms to stay away.

The flu season, usually about 12 weeks long, may have started earlier than normal, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. But it's hard to track exact numbers because only a certain percentage of people with flu symptoms go the hospital for testing.

Yes. There are prescription medications called "antiviral drugs" that can be used to treat influenza illness.

Moreno recommends that all individuals six months of age and older be vaccinated against influenza.

The flu season shows no sign of slowing down with 478 confirmed cases in Central Alberta and 49 people ending up in hospital.

Along with other surveillance components, influenza-like illness is tracked as part of the CDC's ILINet program with the help of volunteer sentinel providers comprised of private providers, occupational health providers, student health clinics and emergency departments.

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"This year's flu is primarily of the H3N2 strain, and years with H3N2 tend to be particularly deadly, especially for the very young and elderly", the health website announced in a statement.

She said at Adventist Health Urgent Care, about 30 patients a day had the flu.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, told CNN previously that "when we measure vaccine effectiveness, that's effectiveness against protecting against disease completely".

ADPH says citizens should request the "quadrivalent vaccine", which protects against four influenza strains, because one of the strains in circulation in Alabama (Type B/Yamagata) is only included in the quadrivalent vaccine.

Visitors who are sick should refrain from visiting patients in the hospital. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand rub may be used. Individuals can also practice good habits like avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering your cough, getting plenty of sleep, maintaining physically activity levels, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.

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